Zeno Kennedy of Scotland Yard has been investigating bombings by a terrorist group in London. The terrorist group is trying to force Ireland’s independence from England through revolution. Zeno gets a break in the case when he rents a townhouse to the widow Cassandra St. Cloud. An informant has led him to believe Cassandra’s brother-in-law is a member of the “Bloody Four,” aristocrats responsible for funding the dynamiters.
It is no hardship for Zeno to strike up a conversation with the attractive, and oddly progressive, widow. Cassie smokes cigars in her garden, wears pants while bicycling in the park, and approaches sex with a decidedly un-Victorian attitude. And Cassie’s plucky spirit comes in handy as they face one dangerous situation after another. In between they find time to fall in love!
I thought the story was well-balanced between the investigation and the growing romance between the lead characters. And the historical part wasn’t focused so much on tea parties, balls, and the formal manners as in other historical romances I’ve read. This may not be a good fit for you if you enjoy your Victorian romances without the intrusion of modern ideas, but I found that intrusion funny and engaging.
An Affair with Mr. Kennedy won the 2010 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award for Historical Romance and is the first in Jillian Stone’s The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series.
Next up in the series is A Dangerous Liaison with Detective Lewis, which takes a closer look at Zeno’s colleague, Detective Rafe Lewis.
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